Manchester fears end of ring fencing

Removing the ring-fence around Supporting People budgets could
cause significant social problems, Manchester Council’s housing
director has warned.

Steve Rumbelow told delegates that the move, being considered by
the government, would lead councils to shift Supporting People
money into other, cash-strapped services.

But he said: “In Manchester it will increase rough sleeping. It
will increase pressures on health services, particularly mental
health services. It will also have an impact on antisocial

He also criticised plans to change the distribution of Supporting
People cash to different areas.

The government is expected to publish its proposals this month.

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